Konami’s soccer online game, often called Pro Evolution Soccer or Winning Eleven since 2001, is now merely eFootball. No PES, no numbering.

It’s additionally now free-to-play. And it’s developed in Unreal Engine 4, one other franchise first. (From Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 by way of final yr, it had been constructed with Konami’s Fox Engine, initially developed by Konami’s Kojima Productions for its Metal Gear franchise.)

Thus, Konami is asking eFootball “an all-new football simulation platform,” fairly than an iteration and rebranding of PES. The writer added “eFootball” to the collection’ title in 2019.

The six-minute debut trailer for eFootball — which is in improvement on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, plus iOS and Android units — showcases the highest three European golf equipment featured within the franchise: Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, the latter of which is unique to eFootball and doesn’t seem in EA Sports’ FIFA collection.

Konami used the brand new engine to rebuild the sport and “create a one-on-one system that is incredibly thrilling and, most importantly, realistic,” in accordance to the narration within the trailer. This system known as Motion Matching, and will probably be a characteristic of all variations of the sport — present console era and former.

But from the seems of a improvement roadmap revealed Wednesday, eFootball will launch in “early fall” as a comparatively bare-bones title, with different techniques, modes, and options introduced alongside later. Cross-platform play, for instance, is promised within the reveal video, nevertheless it’s scheduled to debut later within the fall; cross-platform matches throughout Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox are set to arrive this winter. Cross-generation play inside PlayStation and Xbox might be obtainable at launch.

image showing the development roadmap for 2021 and 2022 for eFootball

Image: Konami

As for eFootball’s free-to-play element, that might be supported by a battle move system referred to as Match Pass, which can supply tiered rewards (or the means of shopping for the loot outright). Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Barcelona might be obtainable for free to all gamers at launch.

Konami additionally mentioned it plans to promote “certain game modes […] as optional DLC,” which possible means a buy-in for the sport’s profession suite, assuming the free-to-play element is mirroring the outdated PES’ Master League mode.